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Thumbs up The Lifting is Completely Done!!!

This is How the "KiaStein" looked Unlifted:




...and this is How it looks already Lifted!!!






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Tomorrow I plan to take it to an Alignment shop, to let them check and align it; also I want to wash it clean and be Ready, in case we go somewhere far on this incoming Holy Week vacations...

The very first thing that I noticed today while driving the Lifted
"KiaStein" is, that the Steering wheel became much Softer than what it used to be, and the front feels lighter, somehow. I bet that I'll need to adjust the Headlamps' beam...

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Thumbs up Another Problem = Solved!!!

I just came home, back from the Alignment Shop, and I am very pleased to share with you all, that the Lifting of the "KiaStein" fixed the excessive Camber issues it had, in the front and in the rear; now was super easy to adjust. Let me share with you the Results:



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Thumbs up Reporting from Costa-Rica

Taking advantage of the nine days of vacation for Easter, we have been driving from half Honduras to Costa-Rica, through all Nicaragua; and I am very pleased to report that the "KiaStein" has behaved outstandingly, performing as a champion; despite of all the Luggage weight plus our little family on it.

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Thumbs up Outstanding!

According to the odometer on the "KiaStein", the complete trip across three countries and coming back, plus all the tourism we did during the last Holy Week, took 1172 miles long (including long roads where we were lost, literally).

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(and tall) sedan has performed outstandingly; the suspension modifications are giving much better results than what I thought.

Here's a brief idea of the basic route that we followed:



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Lightbulb Camber Correction Strut Mount Tops

Yes, I know that my drawing looks more like a sound equipment with a pair of Speakers ...or a Monster's face, or even like an old cassette somehow... but not; it is self-explanatory; not all the people know this and how the Camber Correction works on those Kias:


I exaggerated the proportions on my drawing with the purpose to let you understand easier how it works; same system is found in many other vehicles as well.

The Lifting Blocks that I installed, permits the use of the Camber Correction.

Prior to install the Lifting Blocks, I used to have both top mounts, with the center facing towards the fenders
(outwards), now with the Blocks installed, I rotated the top mounts 180º and both have the center facing the Engine (inwards) as it looks on my drawing above, to compensate the extra tallness; the alignment is within specs.

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During all these years, besides worn coil springs after sixteen years of use; the only trouble I've had with the Suspension parts of this Sephia, is not the vehicle's fault, but the crappy aftermarket parts' quality; the links for the rear Sway Bar had a bolt that pops out from its rubber base, as you can see in the following photo:





The simple and permanent solution to that,
is to use an Oversized Washer on each side's link:




And the thing Never pops out again. Kind Regards.


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You are very talented and tenacious. I salute you for your efforts and results. I think i would just buy aftermarket springs and hope for the best.
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You are very talented and tenacious. I salute you for your efforts and results. I think i would just buy aftermarket springs and hope for the best.
Thank you for your kind words, which I really appreciate.

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